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Metra offers early getaway schedule on Good Friday

(April 11, 2017) - 

Metra today announced that it will operate a special schedule to help customers start off the Easter holiday weekend. On Good Friday, April 14, the agency will be running a modified schedule in order to operate afternoon “early getaway” trains, designed to help customers get home and get their holiday started.

“We know that holidays can be busy and stressful,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “We hope that these early departures make things more convenient for our customers, and help them get a head start on family gatherings and other holiday plans.”

Most lines will add trains or shift train schedules to provide more early afternoon departures from Chicago. A summary of the changes is below and more detailed schedules for Friday April 14, can be found here.

BNSF

Extra Service:

  • Train 9531, departing Union Station at 12:20 p.m., will provide express service to Downers Grove Main Street and then make all stops to Aurora.
  • Three trains will provide early express service to Naperville and Route 59:
    • Train 9535 – departs Chicago 2:25 p.m.
    • Train 9539 – departs Chicago 3:10 p.m.
    • Train 9543 – departs Chicago 3:50 p.m., and makes all stops to Aurora after expressing to Naperville.

Service Changes:

  • Train 1241, the 3:21 p.m. departure, will terminate at Downers Grove Main Street.
  • Train 1271, the 5:32 p.m. departure, will not operate.
  • Inbound Train 1274 will depart from Downers Grove Main Street and will not stop at Aurora.

METRA ELECTRIC

Extra Service:

  • Train UPX1 will depart Millennium Station at 1:25 p.m. and will express to 57th Street, then express to Kensington and make all stops from Kensington to University Park.
  • Train UPX3 will depart Millennium Station at 2:25 p.m. and will express to 57th Street, then express to Kensington and make all stops from Kensington to University Park.
  • Train UPX5 will depart Millennium Station at 3:15 p.m. and express to 57th Street, then express to Kensington and make all stops from Kensington to Matteson.

Service Changes:

  • The following trains will not operate:
    • 733 – the 4:50 p.m. departure
    • 735 – the 5:05 p.m. departure
    • 737 – the 5:20 p.m. departure
  • The following trains will make Kensington through Flossmoor stops:
    • 753 – the 4:53 p.m. departure
    • 755 – the 5:08 p.m. departure
    • 757 – the 5:23 p.m. departure

MILWAUKEE WEST

Extra Service:

  • Train WX01 will depart Union Station at 3:25 p.m., express to Bensenville and make all stops to Big Timber.

Service Changes:

  • Train 2237, the 5:17 p.m. departure, will not operate.
  • Train 2239, the 5:23 p.m. departure, will make all stops Bensenville to Big Timber.

MILWAUKEE NORTH

Extra Service:

  • Train NX01 will depart Union Station at 2:25 p.m., express to Glenview and then make all stops to Fox Lake.

Service Changes:

  • Train 2135, the 5:12 p.m. departure, will not operate. Passengers who normally take Train 2135 to Glenview, Northbrook, Lake Cook Road and Deerfield should take either Train 2137, the 5:15 p.m. departure, or Train 2139, the 5:25 p.m. departure. Train 2139 will also accommodate passengers going to Glen/North Glenview and all stops from Lake Forest to Fox Lake except Ingleside.

ROCK ISLAND

Extra Service:

  • Train MX01 will depart LaSalle Street Station at 2:45 p.m., express to Midlothian then make all stops to Joliet.

Service Changes:

  • Train 715 will depart at 1:20 p.m. instead of 12:55 p.m.

SOUTHWEST SERVICE

Extra Service:

  • Train SX01 will depart Union Station at 3:40 p.m. and make all stops to Manhattan.

Service Changes:

  • Train 831, the 6:15 p.m. departure from Union Station, will not operate.

UNION PACIFIC NORTH

Extra Service:

  • Train KX01 will depart the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 3:15 p.m., express to Wilmette and make all stops to Waukegan.

UNION PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Extra Service:

  • Train HX01 will depart the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 2:25 p.m., express to Des Plaines and make all stops to Barrington.

UNION PACIFIC WEST

Extra Service:

  • Train GX01 will depart the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 2:34 p.m., express to Elmhurst and make all stops to West Chicago.
  • Train GX03 will depart the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 3:34 p.m., express to Elmhurst and make all stops to La Fox.

Service Changes:

  • Train 55, the 5:34 p.m. departure, will not operate.
  • Train 57, the 5:42 p.m. departure, will make an additional stop at Oak Park.

A full set of schedules can be found  here.

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